Lambton County is coming together to celebrate Canadian authors and their storytelling through One Book Lambton.
On October 25, 2019, the One Book Lambton Committee announced its title selection for the 2019-2020 year: The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew.
In his book Kinew tells the emotional story of how his estranged father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and the year they spent reconnecting. Brilliantly navigating a painful past, renewed hopes, and dreams for the future, Kinew shares conversations with his father and learns of his traumatic childhood in a residential school. Through charismatic storytelling, Kinew gifts his readers with an inspiring story about cross cultural forgiveness, father-son relationships, and sparks important conversations about the future of Indigenous peoples.
Visit your local library today to borrow The Reason You Walk, or borrow an e-book or e-audiobook with your library card using the CloudLibrary app or the Libby app.
One Book Lambton will host various programs and events throughout Lambton County to explore the themes of The Reason You Walk.
Join an open discussion about The Reason you Walk and its themes and message.
Coping Through Loss: Experiences of Grief at the End of Life and Through Bereavement
Whether you are facing a life limiting illness yourself, caring for someone who is ill or have experienced the death of loved one - your experience of grief is at the same time universal, in that it is part of the human experience, and unique to your own personality, circumstances, relationships and culture. Join us as an educator from St. Joseph’s Hospice explores themes of death, grief, loss and mourning while emphasizing the importance of extending compassion to ourselves, our loved ones and the community at large.
Film Screening: Aftershock with filmmaker Dwayne Cloes and Guest Speaker Geraldine Robertson
Sarnia filmmaker Dwayne Cloes has combined his two documentaries on the experiences of residential school survivors and the children of the survivors into one 40-minute film. Guest Speaker Geraldine Robertson, survivor of two residential schools and featured in the documentary, will speak about her experience and answer questions after the screening.
We Are Still Here: The Story of Residential Schools as Told by Survivors
Three elders from Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the Bkejwanong First Nation, share their memories of surviving residential schools. Produced by the Right Relations Group of Lambton Presbytery, United Church of Canada.
Aftershock: The Second Generation Speaks
Featuring interviews with six First Nations adults, who explain how learning about their parents’ disturbed childhoods has helped them fight the toxic effects of seven generations of residential schooling and build a positive future for their own children.
Traditional Storytelling and Interactive Sharing
Join Kettle and Stony Point First Nation’s Barry and Deb Milliken for a morning of traditional storytelling, drumming and singing. Please pre-register your interest by calling the Forest Library at 519-786-5152 or stopping by the library.
Examining The Reason You Walk with Dr. Sinclair and Wab Kinew
Dr. Niigaan Sinclair and Wab Kinew will be visiting Lambton County to celebrate the culmination of One Book Lambton 2019 - 2020 from April 24-25, 2020. Stay tuned to onebooklambton.ca for more details.
Dr. Niggaanwewidam Sinclair
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.
Niigaan obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.
Wab Kinew is from the Ojbways of Onigaming First Nation in Northern Ontario, and grew up in Winnipeg. He has worked as an on-air host for CBC English Radio and Television and a correspondent for Al Jazeera. At the heart of his work is a goal to bring attention to social justice issues at the local, national and international level. The National Post has hailed him as “an aboriginal leader seeking to engage with Canadians at large”. In addition to his journalism, Kinew is an award winning musician, producer, media personality and university administrator. Most recently, Kinew has started a career in politics and currently serves as the leader of the New Democratic Party in Manitoba and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba where he represents Fort Rouge.
Wab Kinew is the author of The Reason You Walk, which is the selected book for One Book Lambton 2019-2020.
Online Book Discussions
Join the One Book Lambton Facebook group for online discussion about The Reason You Walk and its themes and message. Questions will be posted every Monday until April 20.